If the government can think the unthinkable on the tube, next it should return Railtrack to public control
What would be the public response if an electricity supplier declared they had let their pylons rot, so electricity would now only be available sporadically? Would we passively accept this because “not everyone depends on electricity”? Would the government give the supplier until Easter to sort itself out? Would the newspapers relegate the story to back pages? Not likely. A private company failing to deliver a public utility, especially over Christmas, would be a national scandal.
Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2000/dec/19/world.comment